Complications of pregnancy after 50

By implanting embryos produced by in-vitro fertilization using egg cells donated by younger women, women who have passed menopause can become pregnant and give birth.
A new study of 101 women age 50 and older who had children using donated eggs reveals that pregnancy at this age carries about the same risks as similarly induced pregnancies in younger women. The study found women over age 50 had similar rates of complications, such as gestational diabetes and preterm labor, as women under age 42 who became pregnant after receiving donated eggs. One 49-year-old woman in the study died while pregnant (she was included in the study because she would have been 50 at the delivery).

In general, carrying a pregnancy is much easier for an older woman's body than producing the egg needed to conceive one. It was in Sauer and Paulson's research group at USC that a 63-year-old woman became pregnant in 1996. Pass it on: Pregnancy in women over age 50 may be as safe as in younger women who use donated eggs. While individual cases have been reported of natural pregnancy at older ages, the very fact of their publication suggests how rare such events are.

Hawkins is pregnant with her second child at age 50, and is more than excited (and ready!) to start this next chapter of her life.

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